Peter & Valerie Lockwood

Peter and Valerie have been serving with United Mission to Nepal (UMN), a Christian development organisation since 2012. Peter works as a programme adviser for UMN and is a member of the UMN leadership team. Valerie assists in UMN’s human resources department and is involved in a variety of ministries outside UMN.

As the programme adviser, Peter has both management and technical engineering roles. He assists in the design, implementation and completion of UMN’s community focus programmes that cover education, health, livelihoods and peacebuilding. He continues to assist with engineering reconstruction in Dhading following the 2015 earthquake and technical matters for UMN’s two mission hospitals in Tansen and Okhaldhunga.

Latest News and Prayer Requests – March 2021

Over the last couple of months there has been a decline in the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Nepal. As a result of this improvement most of United Mission to Nepal’s activities are possible. All offices are open, even the headquarters in Thapathali, Kathmandu. This change has allowed some of our Kathmandu based staff to travel to the remote cluster areas and support the ongoing community development work. This support is vital as we continue to develop project proposals, re-design existing work and monitor the impact of work that we were able to complete during restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

The availability of vaccines is seen as a ‘game-changer’ and there was good news when the government of India donated one million Covashield vaccines to Nepal. Both of our hospitals in Tansen and Okhaldhunga have been active in a vaccine distribution programme. Between the two hospitals over 1,000 doses have been given to staff from the hospitals, community health workers and female community health volunteers from nearby rural municipalities. Also, in two of our remotest clusters in Mugu and Rukum, our community based staff have also been vaccinated. Although, the situation has improved in Nepal we are aware of the possibility of a second wave of the virus after the first subsides. We continue to monitor the situation and are involved in contingency planning and preparedness for the possible next wave.

There is still little movement on the signing of necessary agreement between UMN and the government of Nepal. As a result we do not have a visa and have had to return to Northern Ireland and continue ‘working from home’. It presents some challenges not least the early morning meetings.

Pray for

  • Give thanks to God that Nepal seems to have navigated the first wave of Covid-19 and that work is nearly back to normal.
  • Pray for safety for staff as they travel and work in remote areas of Nepal.
  • Pray for the acceptance and signing of agreements between UMN and the government of Nepal.
  • Pray for us as a family as we spend time in Northern Ireland waiting for resolution of the visa issue and work remotely despite the time difference.